A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Veteran Success Resource Group (VSRG) partners with BOURBIZ to host expos in cities across the United States. Free of charge to veterans and their families, each expo connects hundreds of veterans with dozens of businesses, universities, government agencies and veteran service organizations (VSOs) in a casual environment.
Whether attendees need help finding a job, starting a business or navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs, our expos provide access to folks who can help and an environment that’s designed for interaction. Attendees of our events mingle with top executives from the nation’s most military friendly employers, successful entrepreneurs and, of course, veteran service organizations.
Our list of presenters includes: T-Mobile, CVS, Kilpatrick Townsend, JobPath, Hirepurpose, American Corporate Partners, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Headquarters, American Veterans (AMVETS) National Headquarters, D.C.’s Mayors Office of Veterans Affairs, Texas Veterans Commission and many more.
Many veterans and military members, however, attend our events because they miss the camaraderie they lost when they left the service. To this end, we create a casual setting that helps ensure former junior-enlisted service members, who compose more than half of our nation’s armed forces and can face the greatest barriers in transition, feel comfortable at our events.
Scott Davidson, Justin Constantine and Isabella Edelman teamed up to start VSRG in 2014. The longtime friends, veterans and entrepreneurs aimed to create a one-stop shop that connects veterans with the knowledge, resources and contacts they need to achieve success after service.
But the idea that led to VSRG and BOURBIZ dates to about a decade earlier and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As Davidson and Constantine recovered from injuries that ended their military careers, they discussed their difficulties negotiating a deluge of organizations, services and headhunters. Together they wondered how service members with fewer resources managed to find the right person at the right organization.
After years of planning, VSRG and BOURBIZ held its inaugural event in New York City in 2014. Through a process of trial-and-error, the expos have grown and expanded. Our most recent expo attracted more than 1,400 attendees to MGM National Harbor. In 2020, locations in California and Nevada will be added to a roster of host cities that includes San Antonio, Washington, New York and Tampa.
ABOUT OUR EVENTS
BOURBIZ invites veterans, military members, first responders and their family members to join us for the networking and stay for the camaraderie. The bar is always open and our events always free!
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